immigration

The Texas Surge: Is America Headed South?

For more than two centuries, the Census Bureau has plotted America's population center, mapping a steady progression of westward and southward growth. With a boom in Texas and busts on the coasts sending the center South, what does the new center say about the nation's future?

Mexico's Drug War Spurs a P.R. Battle Over Spring Break

Escalating violence related to the cross-border drug trade has caused Texas authorities to advise spring break revelers to avoid Mexico. The Mexico Tourism Board countered that traveling south of the border remains safe. At stake is a big chunk of the $12 billion that tourists spend in Mexico each year.

Illegal Immigrants: Moving to America's Center

Illegal immigrant populations are shrinking in New York, Florida and the Mountain West states, as undocumented workers relocate to states such as Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, the Pew Hispanic Center said in a report released last week.

Chipotle Fires Hundreds of Workers Amid Immigration Probe

Chipotle (CMG), the chain restaurant serving Mexican food, fired hundreds of workers in Minnesota after receiving notice from Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they had "suspect documents." The ICE began its probe of Chipotle in Minnesota, where the company employs about 1,200 workers, The Wall Street Journal reported. The probe has since spread to Chipotle restaurants in Virginia and Washington, DC.

The Lawsuits That Could Unravel American Apparel

The renegade clothing maker and retailer led by the outrageous Dov Charney faces high-drama legal problems worthy of a daytime soap: sexual harassment suits, a wage-and-hour suit, immigration problems and shareholder suits. But federal probes into accounting issues could be the biggest threats to its existence.

Is Immigration Bad for the Economy? Many Say Yes

A new Financial Times/Harris poll finds that many people in the U.S. and Europe -- more than 30%, and in some cases more than 60% -- believe immigration -- not just illegal immigration -- has a negative impact on the economy, jobs and public services.

Illegal Immigration to U.S. Falls Most in Two Decades, Report Says

Illegal immigration flow to the U.S. during the two years ended March 2009 fell by the most in 20 years and dropped about 45% from the two years ended March 2007 because of a combination of a slowing U.S. economy and heightened border patrol, Pew Research Center said in a report released Wednesday.

Immigration and Unemployment: A Toxic Mix

Polls are showing that the link between the 8 million jobs lost during the Great Recession and the hostile attitude toward immigrants cannot be ignored. These conjoined problems are adding to the pressure to overhaul immigration policies -- and to create new jobs.

Microsoft Says Alleged Russian Spy Was Employee

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) said that one of the members of an alleged Russian spy ring in the U.S. worked for the company at its headquarters in Redmond, Wa. Alexey Karetnikov, a Russian citizen in his early 20s, worked as a software tester for Microsoft for nine months, Bloomberg News reported.

U.S. Sues Arizona Over Controversial Immigration Law

The U.S. sued Arizona aiming to block the state's controversial new immigration law, which says police can detain people suspected of being in the country illegally. The lawsuit thrusts the Obama administration into a highly contentious debate months ahead of a critical mid-term election.

Obama Offers a Framework for Immigration Reform

President Barack Obama outlined some key principles that he believes can lead to comprehensive immigration reform legislation and tighter border security for America in a speech on Thursday.

Will Curbing Illegal Immigration Harm the Economy?

Most Americans agree the nation's immigration policy needs revamping -- but disagree on whether undocumented workers help or hurt the economy. Clearing up common misconceptions would help in developing the appropriate policy changes.

As Economic Boycotts Grow, Will Arizona Retaliate?

Arizona finds itself in a Mexican standoff with U.S. cities after passing a controversial immigration law. Several cities, including Los Angeles, are boycotting the state, and one Arizona official has threatened retaliation.

The Growing Backlash Against Arizona's Immigration Law

Since it passed a controversial immigration law, Arizona has been the subject of a furious war of words -- and now the attacks have begun to hit it in the wallet as cities across the country are instituting economic sanctions against the state. The latest move comes from Los Angeles, where the city council voted on Wednesday to slash economic ties with the state.

Boycotts Could Hurt Arizona's Shaky Economy

Passing the nation's toughest law on immigration may end up doing serious damage to both Arizona's reputation and the tourism industry, one of its largest revenue sources. Already, cities across the nation are calling for boycotts of the Grand Canyon State after the law was approved on Friday.

Is a Foreign Brain Drain Drying Up Silicon Valley?

Well regarded tech entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa warns a talent fleeing the U.S. for India and China is threatening innovation here. But at a popular Valley eatery, you can see -- and hear -- a very different picture of the global talent sustaining the area's companies.